On Saturday afternoon, Newcastle sneaked a win against Crystal Palace in front of a packed St James’. They now face the challenge of Burnley on Monday night.
Professional. The word which is adequate to describe Newcastle’s win over Palace. The Magpies were hardly excellent but they managed to just pip Palace at the end.
The South London club struggled to create chances apart from an excellent performance by Andros Townsend. Burnley will not have that problem.
Chris Wood is one player Newcastle are highly familiar with. Wood’s last minute equaliser for Leeds at St. James’ Park was one of the moments to forget last season.
United must be ready for him. Wood has scored four goals so far and tops the Burnley top goal scorers chart.
However, Burnley struggle at home. Burnley have only one win at home this season, against Crystal Palace who sit bottom. However, United have done well so far away from home.
Benitez has set up Newcastle well away from home. Against Southampton, United were unlucky to walk away with a point. The late penalty equaliser highly undeserved.
However, with the exception of the Brighton and Huddersfield, which like the Palace game could have swung either way, expect United to be well set up and ready for Burnley.
In 2014/15, the only year Newcastle have played Burnley in the Premier League, both games finished score draws. That could be the case once again on Monday night with Burnley after a response.
Their defeat to Manchester City actually was one of the stronger performances at the Etihad this season. However, will still be as crushing as any other.
If they can find a way past Newcastle’s solid defence then they should win this game. With the fixture having 1-0 victory either way written all over it.
However, if Newcastle put in a characteristic away performance under Benitez they could nick it.